Theatre and Art

Julie Edwards

Department Chair

Contact: (318) 759-2316

Broadcast, Tech Theatre I and II, Fine Arts Survey, Speech, Tech Team Leader

My name is Julie Edwards and, yes, I am a Parkway graduate, class of 76. I've been teaching at PHS since 1984. I consider this home. I have a beautiful daughter, Mrs. Phillips, who teaches across the hall from me. I am very blessed. I also have a grand puppy, Allie (her own instagram is allie_the_aussie) and a cute little mini sheltie, Kelly Kelly. I received my Masters Degree from Northeast La. University in 1984. Along my path, I also went to Centenary, BPCC, and La. Tech. While at PHS, I have written and received many grants, either for the KPAW class or equipment for the Theatre. I am the director of the play "Beyond the Grave" since 2000 at Word of Life Center. I am also the lighting designer for Emmett Hook Center which is located at the First United Methodist Church downtown and the lighting designer for Shreveport Little Theatre. I love to be spontaneous and have fun. I have created the curriculum for Tech Theatre I/II and Broadcasting classes. I hope this gives you some insight on me! I LOVE sharks, Harry Potter, Disney and Universal! Can't wait to have you in class.
Mrs. Julie "Jedi" Edwards

Debi Jacobe

Contact: (318) 759-2312

Art I, Art II, Art III, Art IV, Advanced Art, PBIS Chairperson, Graduation Coordinator

Welcome to art! My name is Debi Jacobe. I have been teaching art at Parkway since 2002. I have a B.A. in fine arts and graphic design and am certified in AP Art. I am a PHS graduate! When I was a student here at Parkway, I was the Art Club President! I am the Graduation Director for our PHS Seniors, Hospitality Committee member, and a member of the PBIS Team. My passions are ART and the BEACH! Throughout the school year art students participate in various art shows. PHS has won several awards at these shows throughout the years which include Bossier Arts Council Student Art Show (fall), the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Art Contest (spring), and Art Break (also in the Spring). The PHS Art Department also hosts its own annual "Night at the Gallery" each spring which features the fabulous art created by our very talented art students!
Mrs. Jacobe

Gretchen Phillips

Contact: (318) 759-2328

Theatre I, Technical Theatre I, Fine Arts Survey, Prom Coordinator

Hello! I am Gretchen Phillips and I am very excited to have you in my class this year. This will be my 5th year at Parkway High School and I teach Theatre and Tech Theatre I. I was born and raised a SOBO community member and I am Parkway alumni, class of '09. I attended Bossier Parish Community College and received my Associate's Degree in 2011. I then went on to Louisiana State University in Shreveport to receive my Bachelor's Degree in 2013. I started working at Parkway January 2014. I then married in the summer of 2014. I am the current Senior Class Sponsor at Parkway. My husband and I are owners of an Australian Shepherd, which we treat as a child, named Allie. I enjoy going to the theatre, reading, and taking trips. I also have a slight obsession with Harry Potter and the Backstreet Boys.
Let's have a great year together!
- phillips

Kym Klaus

Contact: (318) 759-2310

Art I, PBIS team member

Welcome to a new school year! This is my third year teaching at Parkway, and I am excited to be teaching Art I. Art I is an introduction to all facets of art. Although our primary focus is developing art skills, we also study the elements of art and principles of design to guide your original work and build a foundation from which to better understand the art of history, advertising and other cultures.
A Fine Art Survey course was the spring board for my high school Art I class and small group art lessons after school. There I learned the basics of drawing and oil painting, fell in love with portraits of people and became passionate about pastels. I attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas where I earned a BFA degree in Visual Art with a concentration in Printmaking. After graduation, I worked in an art gallery in the Dallas area consulting with commercial and residential customers, buying and selling art and framing. In the years that followed, I managed retail clothing stores, worked in Children's ministry at our church and taught art and music to children. These experiences created in me a desire to become a certified, K-12 art teacher in the public schools. Following my certification, I taught elementary and high school art for ten years in Lake Charles, LA. My family moved, and I had the privilege of teaching two years of art at Slidell High School before moving to Bossier City the summer of 2016. On a personal note, I have a terrific husband, and we have three wonderful children. I enjoy family time, my church life, reading, playing and working outside, and drawing. I am looking forward to a new school year, and I hope you are too!